Dear Wednesday: Living for the Weekends?

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Dear Wednesday,

My sister told me the other day that she hates the term “Hump Day.”

I never gave it much thought because I have never really had any negative connotations about the term. In fact, I have always felt a little happy and relieved when I thought about it. My relief comes from the same place yours probably comes from. THE WEEKEND IS COMING!!

When Wednesday, AKA, "Hump Day" rolls around, I know the week is all downhill and leading into the much desired two-day reprieve from work.

But the reason my sister hates the term is because she said most of our lives we spend the entire week, every week, living for the weekend. That made me think, as my sister often does, about how disappointing that is. Spending five days living for just two repeatedly. My daily routine is even built around those two days of freedom.

My weekday becomes all geared towards work and responsibilities, while the weekend is fun and relaxing.

I found this to be problematic when I felt weird about someone inviting me to see a movie I really wanted to see, on a Tuesday night.

What do you mean, people can do something fun during the week? Absolutely not!

Who decided to change things up like this?!

But as I sat and thought about it, my sister adopts this mindset, and she is one of the most emotionally balanced people I know. Whereas my moods can tend to fluctuate all over the place as the week progresses. Often times with frequent periods of agitation and stress. So, maybe there is something to having some balance throughout your weekly routine as well as your overall life. Because my mindset and behaviors started to impact each other in a restrictive way.

In addition to a more regulated mood overall, balance can increase your work productivity, decrease your stress levels, reduce sick time and improve relationship interaction.

So, find a way to incorporate an enjoyable activity into your daily routine, and consider increasing weekday, non-work activity as a way you can transform your week and add more balance to your life right now.

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This Dear Wednesday Letter was hand-crafted by Patrice Scott. Patrice Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with the active duty military community and their families for the past twelve years. She is addressing the topic of transition/change for the month of July due to the increase in relocation during the summer months.

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